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step. but still, the enemy advanced. so the americans pulled back to buildings that were easier to defend, to make one last stand. one of them was later compared to the alamo. one of them later compared it to the alamo. keating, it seemed, was going to be overrun and that's when clint romesha decided to retake that camp. clint gather up his guys and they began to fight their way back. storming one building, then another, pushing the enemy back, having to actually shoot up at the enemy in the mountains above. by now, most of the camp was on fire, amid the flames and smoke clint stood in the doorway calling in air strikes that shook the earth all around them. over the radio, they heard comrades who were pinned down in a humvee. so clint and his team unloaded everything they had into the enemy positions, and with that
cover three wounded americans made their escape including a grievously injured stephan mace. but more americans, their bodies were still out there. and clint romesha lives the soldier's creed, i will never leave a fallen comrade. so he and his team started charging as enemy fire poured down. and they kept charging, 50 meters, 80 meters, ultimately 100 meter run through a hail of bullets. they reached their fallen friends and they brought them home. throughout history, the question has often been asked, why? why did those in uniform take such extraordinary risks? and what compels them to such courage? you ask kleine aclint and many soldiers here today, and they'll tell you, yes, they fight for their country and they fight for our freedom. yes, they fight to come home, to
their families. most of all they fight for each other, to keep each other safe and to have each other's backs. i called clint to tell him he would receive this medal, he said he was honored, but he also said it wasn't just me out there, it was a team effort and so today we also honor this american team, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice. private first class kevin thompson, who would have turned 26 years old today, sergeant michael scusa, sergeant joshua kirk, sergeant christopher griffin, staff sergeant justin gallegos, staff sergeant vernon martin, sergeant joshua hardt, specialist stephan mace. each of these patriots gave their lives looking out for each other in a battle that waged all
day that brand of selflessness was displayed again and again and again. soldiers exposing themselves to enemy fire, to pull a comrade to safety, tending to each other's wounds, performing buddy transfusions, giving each other their own blood. if you seek a measure of that day, you need to look no further than the medals, ribbons that grace their chests. for their sustained heroism, 37 army commendation medals. for their wounds, 27 purple hearts. for their valor, 18 bronze stars. for their gallantry, nine silver stars. these men were outnumbered, outgunned, and almost overrun. looking back, one of them said i'm surprised any of us made it out. but they are here today. and i would ask these soldiers, this band of brothers, to stand and accept the gratitude of our
entire nation. >> there were many lessons from cop keating. one of them, our troops should never, ever be put in a position where they have to defend the indefensible. but that's what these soldiers did for each other, in sacrifice driven by pure love. and because they did, a grieving family was able to welcome their
soldier home one last time and more soldiers are alive today to carry on, to keep alive the memory of their fallen brothers, to help make sure that this country that we love so much remains strong and free. what was it that turned the tide that day? how was it that so few americans prevailed against so many is we prepared for the reading of the citation, i'll leave you with the words of clint himself. because they say something about our army and they say something about america, they say something about our spirit, which iwill never be broken. we weren't going to be beat that day, clint said. we're not going to back down in the face of adversity like that. we were just going to win. plain and simple. god bless you, clint romesha. and all of your team.
god bless all who serve and god bless the united states of america. with that, i'd like the citation to be read. >> the president of the united states of america, authorized by act of congress, march 3rd, 1863, has awarded in the name of congress the medal of honor to staff sergeant clinton l. romesha, united states army for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his live above and beyond the call of duty. staff sergeant clinton l. romesha distinguished himself by acts of gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a section leader with bravo troop 3rd squadron 61st cavalry
regiment, 4th brigade combat team, 4th infantry division against an armed enemy at outpost keating, afghanistan, on october 3rd, 2009. on that morning, staff sergeant romesha and his comrades awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of the complex employing concentrated fire from rifles, rocket propelled grenades, antiaircraft machine guns, mortars and small arms fire. staff sergeant romesha moved uncovered under intense enemy fire to conduct a reconnaissance of the battlefield and seek reinforcements from the barracks before returning to action with the support of an assistant gunner. staff sergeant romesha took out an enemy machine gun team and while engaging a second the generator he was using for cover was struck by a rocket propelled grenade, and inflicting him with shrapnel wounds. undeterd by his injuries, staff sergeant romesha continued to fight and upon arrival of another soldier to aid him and
the assistant gun, he rushed through the exposed avenue to assemble a additional soldiers. then mobilized a five-man team and returned to fight equipped with a sniper rifle. with complete disregard for his own safety, staffer sergeant romesha continually exposed himself to heavy enemy fire, as he moved confidently about the battlefield engaging and destroying multiple enemy targets, including three taliban fighters who had breached the combat outpost perimeter. while orchestrating a successful plan to secure and reinforce key points of the battlefield, staff sergeant romesha maintained radio communication with a tactical operations center. as the enemy forces attacked with even greater ferocity, unleashing a barrage of rocket propelled grenades, staff sergeant romesha identified the point of attack and directed air support to destroy over 30 enemy fighters. after receiving reports that seriously injured soldiers were at a distant battle position, staff sergeant romesha and his team provided covering fire to allow the injured soldiers to
safely reach the aid station. upon receipt of orders to go to the next objective, his team pushed forward 100 meters under overwhelming enemy fire to recover and prevent the enemy fighters from taking the bodies of their fallen comrades. staff sergeant romesha's heroic actions throughout the day long battle were critical in suppressing the enemy that had far greater numbers. his extraordinary efforts gave bravo troop the opportunity to regroup, reorganize and prepare for the counterattack that allowed the troop to account for its personnel and secure combat outpost keating. staff sergeant romesha's discipline and extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty reflect great credit upon himself, bravo troop 3rd squadron 61st cavalry regiment 4th brigade combat team 4th infantry division and the united states army.
to give recognition to spirit the made our country great, a willingness to give totally of ourselves and even into death. for the great blessings of being a part of this country, for the honor and example of staff sergeant romesha brings to our lives we give you thanks. he was led to our army for a few short years, we were deeply blessed by his presence, as his ancestors inspired his service, he inspired generations to greater service and devotion. in your strength, we protect others, in your providence, may we be kept safe, and may we turn our hearts towards you each and every day. we ask this and pray in your holy name, amen. >> well, thank you, everybody. most of all, thank you for clint and the entire time for their extraordinary service and devotion to our country. we're going to have an
opportunity to celebrate and there's going to be a wonderful reception. i hear the food around here is pretty good. i know the band is good. and colin really needs to get down. so enjoy, everybody. give our newest recipient of the medal of honor a big round of applause once again. >> colin, the little son of clint romesha who is obviously very precocious, very excited and emotional ceremony of the medal of honor, only the fourth living medal of honor awarded for a member of the u.s. military fighting in afghanistan and, i believe, iraq as well. jake tapper is here. jake, you wrote a powerful book on this struggle in which clint romesha played such a critical role and we see the president
now meeting with some family members of those who didn't necessarily make it out of that battle. your book tells the story. what do you think? you spent a lot of time with clint romesha. jake, tell us what you think was going through his mind as we heard all of these words. >> just one other point before we get to that, the president right there saying hi to the son of justin gallegos and the daughter of josh kirk, two men who did not make it back. the white house making a point of making sure the president would meet the children of the eight men who were fallen. but to answer your question, wolf, clint romesha is -- has been all weekend very uncomfortable with the attention. he is not one who seeks the limelight. he is the quintessential soldier who talks about how he did this for his buddies and he didn't do anything other than his job and he still is haunted by the eight men who did not make it out of combat outpost keating. he understands and recognizes
the importance of the ceremony in american history and military history and also how important it is for the other men of black knight troop to see their experience acknowledged by the government and appreciated by the government, but he's not a big fan of all the fanfare for him. >> it looked like at one point he was really holding back some tears as the president was recounting what happened on that battle back and you described it in vivid details. but is he an emotional young man like that? >> he's not emotional. he's actually quite the opposite. he's a quintessential archetype cowboy from the west there. he lives in north dakota and he's somebody who is laconic and keeps his emotions to himself. but recounting what happened that day, the men who followed his lead, running into danger, and the eight men who he was not able to save, that nobody could have saved. he is tough on himself. and he still thinks about them
and he's still haunted by their loss. >> that battle was october 3rd, 2009. he left the army in 2011. what does he do now? >> he worked as an oil field safety specialist for an oil field company out in north dakota. his sister and her husband live out in north dakota, advised that it was a good, honest job. they're still getting used to. they're from california, clint and his high school sweetheart, now wife, now mother of his three children, they're californians. so they're still getting used to winter in minot, north dakota, which, as i learned firsthand a few weeks ago is rather chilly. but they are putting their life back together after clint's 11 plus years in the army, continually deployed overseas, kosovo, iraq twice, then afghanistan. and one of the questions i asked clint was, what happens -- what was going through your mind that night, after you and the other american troops had pushed back the taliban? what was going through your
mind, eight men dead, more than 20 wounded. he said, back to work. we still had more than nine months left in our deployment, got to focus on the next job at hand. that's clint romesha. that's so many american fighting men and women we have serving for us. >> you prepared a powerful one hour documentary on clint romesha that aired over the weekend here on cnn. it was entitled "american hero, the uncommon valor of clint romesha" and you spent time with him this weekend and some of his army buddies as well. >> they were all coming into town and it was going to be very fancy, the white house event, the pentagon event. and i figured the least i could do as somebody who -- they had been so nice to me in writing this book, they spent hours with me telling their stories, the least i could do is throw them a reunion. so we had a little get together with some pizza and beer and wings and there was some revelry as one might expect with somebody said to me, open bar with a bunch of troops, you're a brave man. i'm certainly not a brave man. but in any case, it was a lot of
fun and fun for the troops to see each other after two years away, after they got back from the deployment. >> well done. and excellent book, the outpost, an untold story of american valor. let me show it to our viewers. i think people want to get more information, this is the place to get it in this very thick, long book, well done. >> thank you. you know, there are a lot of brave troops and their stories aren't told enough by any of us in the media. and so this was a small attempt to rectify that. >> thank you very much. and our thanks to clint romesha and all the young men who were there that day and were at the white house right now, enjoy something fine food. >> probably better than the wings we had the other night. maybe not. >> if you like wings and beer, pizza, that's good stuff. jake, thanks very much. so our coverage, a lot of other news going on. our coverage continues in the "cnn newsroom" with brooke baldwin. thank you, guys. a stunner in the catholic church. benedict is the first pope in
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hi there. i'm brooke baldwin live at cnn world headquarters. want to begin with some news you may have heard by now here. the leader of the catholic church, a billion people, folks, the pope, pope benedict xvi, he is resigning. let me say that again, resigning, because the last pope to resign was gregory xii in the year 1415. that's 70 plus years before columbus sailed to america. we're talking almost six centuries here. so this kind of thing, it is unusual to say the very least. the pope is citing health concerns. he is 85 years old. still, even high ranking catholics say they did not see this coming. >> not that long ago i was in rome and the holy father made no indication at all, not that he would have, this intention.
>> i was very startled. i don't know what to say. i myself am waiting for information, for instruction. >> you hear the word, archbishop dolan said, startled by the news. wow. by the way, here, did you know that 74 million catholics live in our country? that's about a quarter of the u.s. population. only three other nations have more catholics, can you guess? we'll get to that here in a moment. but i want to also get to some u.s. reaction from deborah feyerick in new york. but first, straight to cnn's senior vatican analyst john allen, live for me in rome right now. john, i mean, it sounds like the pope left the vatican scrambling. will they have a successor in the 17 days when the pope is stepping down? >> reporter: hi, brooke. well, as you can probably see over my shoulder, we have got a rainy night tonight in rome. and just as this rain came out of a clear blue sky earlier today, so too did the
announcement that benedict xvi would be stepping down. i'll tell you how shocked people around here were. i was scheduled to have lunch today with the very senior vatican official, a guy who works just down the hall from pope benedict xvi. and about an hour before he and i were to get into a cab to go to a roman restaurant, we were both scrambling. this was a decision that benedict xvi played very close to the vest. you asked, will there be a successor? sure there will. the decision becomes official at 8:00 p.m. rome time on february 28th, at which point the vatican will enter the sede vacante, when the throne of peter is vacant. shortly after that, we don't have the date quite yet, but we presume very early in march the 118 cardinals who were under the age of 80 and have the right to vote for the next pope will converge here in rome and begin that very storied, formal process of walking into the
sistine chapel and casting their ballots. >> so to be clear, for who knows how many days the catholic church will be popeless. >> reporter: yeah. now, there is someone who is in charge. there is a dean of the college of cardinals who presides over the functioning -- the public functions and there is a figure called a camera lango. so it is not rudderless, but it is not the same thing as having a pope. let's put it this way, brooke, we'll go in a fairly head turningly brief period of time from having one pope to having none to in a sense having two because we will be in the unchartered waters of having a sitting pope and also a retired pope, a situation the church hasn't faced for centuries. and in this media saturated age, an absolute novelty. >> john, i'm coming back to you. deborah feyerick, you're in new york for me and we mentioned the united states has the fourth most catholics of any country in the world. you've been talking to a number of people there.
what is their reaction to the news? >> reporter: you know, they are -- they are shocked as anybody. to put context of what was going on in america this morning, the cardinals, the people who elect a new pope, they weren't even notified until the early morning hours. they were in the middle of prayer. they were in the middle of getting ready for lent and ash wednesday, just two days away. so startled is one word. surprised is another word. this resignation led to a lot of speculation among some of the catholics we spoke with. and we spoke with one man and he said, you know, he wasn't quite sure. even though the vatican said this is because the pope acknowledged his health is very, very frail, that he is no longer really his mind and his body, they say, is deteriorating, a lot of catholics here were a little bit skeptical as to whether that was the only reason. they're looking forward to the future. take a listen. >> my grandparents, i think of the whole church, like a little bit differently than my generation does. and i feel like we could use somebody maybe a little more
younger that has the generation of a new perspective. >> reporter: and, you know, it is that generation of the new perspective and that's what the cardinals are going to have to wrestle with, but, you know, the folks we were talking to, they are very aware of some of the scandals that have plagued pope benedict, including the sexual abuse scandal, including the writings that came out of the vatican by the pope's butler, and so they are very in tune to that. so they're ready, they say, for somebody new, but one woman tapped us, didn't want to speak on camera, but said make sure you tell people he was a good pope, he was a good pope. a lot of fondness for him, but also, you know, understanding that in this digital age, where everybody is hooked up, hooked in all the time, that perhaps now is the time to revitalize, to re-energize certain areas of the church and go back to the spirituality, the word of archbishop of washington, d.c. >> interesting you used the word
revitalize. john allen, back to you in rome here. as we mentioned pope benedict, 85, 86 in april. do you think the pope here might be setting a precedent? do you think his successors, perhaps, could find some wisdom in the notion of hanging it up when it's time? >> reporter: well, this question actually came up at the briefing the vatican gave us about midday rome time to sort of unpack this bombshell. the vatican spokesperson, father federico lombardi was asked does this set a precedent for future popes and his answer basically was absolutely not. this was a personal choice by benedict xvi. every situation is different. it will be up to future popes to make their own call. >> john allen in rome. deborah feyerick in new york. thanks to both of you. and there aren't too many 85-year-olds on twitter, even though fewer with more than 1 million followers. but benedict is a tweeting pope. so it is only natural twitter is
exploding with news of his resignation. and samuel berk is monitoring all things social media for us today. samuel, what are folks are saying? >> look at this visualization of all the twitter conversations in the world. the entire planet is talking about the pope. but a lot of people are focusing in on this tweet from the pope he sent out last night. he says, we must trust in the mighty power of god's mercy. we are all sinners, but his grace transforms us and makes us new. and over in latin america, people are asking -- why not a latin american pope? 42% of us catholics are latin americans. similar over in nigeria. why not an african pope? mentioning cardinal francis arinze. >> we discovered the number one most populous catholic country, maybe speaking portuguese, brazil. twitter can be fun. comedians i'm sure are finding fodder in the news. spill it. what are you finding? >> of course.
in these situations you find snarky tweets. one of the more humorous ones, from great britain, pope joins twitter and loses all interest in his real job. i hear you, mate. i hear you. not true, but always fun to find humorous tweets in these types of situations. >> samuel berk, thank you very much. now to yet another shooting. this one inside the lobby of a courthouse. here's what we know right now. this guy walks in, starts shooting. this is wilmington, delaware. we're now hearing it may have involved a domestic dispute. joe johns is covering this for us today. and, joe, apparently officers returned fire. >> well, brooke, a very bad scene at the courthouse in wilmington, delaware, this morning. authorities say a man, he's believed to have been in his 50s or 60s, he walked into the new castle county courthouse, around 8:00 in the morning, started shooting. before the shooter was stopped, two women were dead, two police officers wounded and according to local reports, one of the
women is said to be his estranged wife. now, when the police officers who were already in the area engaged the suspect, a gunfight breaks out, both officers shot and wounded, but survived because they were wearing bulletproof vests. the gunman killed in that fire fight. at a news conference this afternoon, the delaware and state police said that despite the two fatalities, actually the security perimeter around the courthouse did what it was supposed to do, protect the public. listen. >> and he did not break the perimeter of that security force of the capital pd. they did a great job in there. they didn't get past the metal detectors where the capital police department has their security perimeter set up. >> local and federal authorities including agents from the u.s. bureau of alcohol, tobacco and fire arms responded to the courthouse. it was evacuated. the police had to do a floor by floor search, a big deal there, a 12-story building, just to make sure there was only one gunman there. back to you.
>> joe johns, thank you. a short time ago, we learned that first lady michelle obama will bring the parents of a teenager killed in chicago to her husband's state of the union address tomorrow night. the teen is hadiya pendleton, shot and killed, a week after performing in washington during the president's inauguration week. michelle obama, along with valerie jarrett attended the funeral over the weekend. and an american hero is being mourned today. take a look with me. live pictures, the memorial service for navy s.e.a.l. sniper chris kyle. thousands are expected inside the cowboys stadium in arlington, texas, today. kyle was the deadliest sniper in american military history. he wrote a best-selling book telling his story. he recently spoke about his life after the military. >> it is tough. you go from being military to civilian and, you know, we let our job identify who we are. and it is horrible, and you're
doing it for the greater good and all of a sudden, you don't have an identity. >> kyle was shot to death, allegedly, by another iraq war veteran nine days ago. after a 200 mile funeral processi procession, kyle will be buriei in texas. the manhunt for the cop killer who says he wants revenge for being fired. now the los angeles police department announcing they will take another look as to why christopher dorner was let go in the first place. plus, can we say vacation from hell? broken toilets, fistfights over food. when will stranded cruise passengers in the gulf of mexico see land?
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are here with us. as anyone will tell you, we were not going to be beat that day. i want them to know how proud i am of them. they trusted in me, a noncommissioned officer, to be their leader. and i thank them so much for that loyalty. i accept this tremendous honor on behalf of all soldiers, who have served with me that day. this award is for the eight soldiers that didn't make it and for the rest of the team that fought valiantly and magnificently that day. i will forever be humbled by the bravery, the commitment to service, and their loyalty to one another.
serving our nation in uniform is a privilege, especially during times of war. like my grandfather, my father, and my brothers, i am proud to have the opportunity to serve with some of the finest soldiers today. not only during our mission in afghanistan, but on all my deployments and tours during my 11 years in the army. our military service is strengthened thanks to the tremendous support provided by our military families and the american public. the strength of my wife and my family during my service is a key factor in my morale and my will to fight. my loving wife has been a constant source of strength and
inspiration. thank you, tammy. you are my rock. and, thank you. >> just stepping in front of the microphones for a couple of minutes. former staff sergeant clint romesha, 20 minutes after receiving the medal of honor from the president of the united states here, basically saying this award is for those eight men who didn't make it during that fierce battle in 2009 in afghanistan for which he's awarded this medal. he is a soldier, he is a husband, he is a father, and we thank him and the men and women for their service. if you think running a restaurant is hard, try running four. fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do
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as the hunt for an alleged l.a. cop killer widens reward money in seven figures. a million dollars on the table for information leading to the arrest of this man, christopher dorner, accused of killing three people and targeting 50 l.a. police officers and their families. police this morning told reporters they have 600 clues they're looking into, plus los angeles police are reopening the case that led to dorner's termination from the force. he accused his training officer of kicking a mentally ill man, during a 2007 arrest, but a disciplinary panel ruled against him and dorner lost his job for filing a false report. the police chief explained why
he is reinvestigating dorner's claim. >> i'm not doing this to appease him. i'm doing this so that the community has faith in what the police department does. and i'm going to -- i'm going to make a rigorous inspection to either validate or refute his claims and we'll make that inspection public. >> now, look at this. here he is, cnn has obtained this exclusive video of a man who looks like dorner, dropping items into this dumpster. this is san diego. goes back and forth, back and forth. workers at a business near the container in national city, california, say they found a magazine full of bullets, a military belt and a helmet in the dumpster. tonight, ac 360 takes you inside the mind of christopher dorner. tonight, 8:00 eastern, right here on cnn. no pinching, no medical insurance, this is the new reality according to one of the navy s.e.a.l.s involved in the
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the man who says he killed osama bin laden also says he can't pay his bills, can't afford health care, and doesn't want to carry a gun ever again. in this esquire magazine cover article appears on line today, for the very first time, the s.e.a.l. team six member dubbed the shooter reveals these new compelling details about the may 2011 raid in which he says he killed the leader of al qaeda as well as the personal battles he faces in post military life. there is a lot to go through with my panel today. let me welcome you all, lauren ashburn, editor in chief of the daily download, jacque reid, radio and tv personality, andrew kaczynski, buzz feed.com, jawn murray, and barbara starr to get through this as well. this is a pretty stunning article. i read every word. this is the part where the shooter describes pulling the trigger and killing osama bin laden. in that second, i shot him two times in the forehead, the
second time as he's going down, he crumbled on to the floor in front of his bed and i hit him in the head, same place. he was dead, not moving. his tongue was out. i watched him take his last breaths and i remember as i watched him breathe out the last part of air, i thought, is this the best thing i've ever done or the worst thing i've ever done? this is real and that's him, holy bleep. let me just open this up to all of you. how many of you wanted to know the nitty-gritty details of this raid in pakistan? >> i definitely did. no question about it. >> why? >> because the moment in history that would be recorded by seeing that and hearing it and everybody was here celebrating it and you want to know exactly what happened, and phil bronstein needs a medal or a prize, i guess, for this. he did a great job. the ex-editor of "the san francisco chronicle" and the former husband of sharon stone,
and he has just captured this moment and his source is incredible, calling him the shooter i think is great because he didn't bring up his name. >> he doesn't want his name out there. says he doesn't want money. doesn't want to write a book. doesn't want to appear in a movie. jackie, do you agree with lauren? >> well, i want to know but my concern is do we need to know and does it put future missions like this, maybe not on this level, in jeopardy when you give away such details of what happened before that mission, what happened during it, and even what happened after. i just wonder about the security of our soldiers who participated in missions like this moving forward, if it is such a smart thing just to give out the details. >> let me read one more quote. i thought this was interesting. i don't know how many of you saw "zero dark thirty." brought the body back to
jalalabad, while they were checking the body, i brought the agency woman over, i still had all my stuff on, we looked down and i asked is that your guy. she was crying. that's when i took my magazine out of my gun and gave it to her as a souvenir. 27 bullets left in it. i hope you have room in your backpack for this. that was the last time i saw her. here is what he says he did and how he shot and killed most wanted terrorist in the world. but, really, it is, okay, so now what? what does he do? can't say to future employers, i'm the guy who took down bin laden, give me a job. this really -- it poses a problem for him. >> when you're asking do we want to know, look, you know what do we think in this country that we are asking of our troops when they go out there and do this kind of work, whether bin laden or just some compound raid in afghanistan that nobody ever hears about. this is the trauma of battle that these guys are coming back, struggling, getting out of the military. they do have combat stress.
they have unemployment. they're looking for work. if you leave the military before 20 years, you don't get a pension, you don't get retirement. that is well known, well understood. so, i mean, it sounds so cold hearted, but this is what it is all about. perhaps what this man is doing in this article by giving phil bronstein some very personal thoughts is he's make the country confront what it asks of young troops over those -- this last decade of war. >> i want to talk unemployment with veterans with you in a minute. how do we know for sure this is the man who pulled the trigger? >> well, you know, phil bronstein is a respected journalist. there have been others out there on the team who talked. the book no easy day caused a huge kerfuffle and it is worth noting there is now a lot of competing versions about who killed bin laden in that upper floor of that compound.
who exactly of three or four guys pulled the trigger that were the final bullets for bin laden's life. i think at the end of the day, probably doesn't make much of a difference, he's dead. >> andrew, we know this -- they call him the shooter, he left the military, left the s.e.a.l.s four years shy of his pension, 20 years, so, you know, i read his pension, had he staid all 20, would have been half his base pay, equivalent to a member of the navy choir. what needs to change in terms of money, employment, even just ptsd officials for men and women coming home? >> well, i think it highlights a pretty good point that, you know, we don't have necessarily the support system for a lot of our veterans when they come home. one in ten veterans are -- lack health insurance. that doesn't seem like a lot, but it equals out to about 1.3 million americans. >> why though? why? >> we don't have that support system there.
27% have post traumatic stress disorder. and, i mean, i was someone who -- i interned in a congressional office when i was in college in a district office where they deal with lots of veterans affairs issues. and part of -- you get that feeling when you work there, like our veterans really deserve better than this. i would call to voice of veterans concern who called our office and i would be on hold for 45 minutes and these are issues that really need to come to light and there needs to be a better system for these people. >> jawn, you get the final word. you've been hearing this back and forth. what do you think? >> i'll say this, my mom's ex-husband was a vietnam vet. and it took him years to finally get his full benefits. we need a better infrastructure for our troops and the least that we can hope with the shooter is that maybe esquire paid him for the article, maybe that will be a drop in the bucket. >> no, i don't think he's getting a dime. i don't think he's getting a dime. >> that's sad. really sad. >> highly recommend. i echo what lauren ashburn said,
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more than 4,000 passengers and crew spent last night stranded aboard a cruise ship in the gulf of mexico. what happened? a fire happened. a fire in the engine room of this carnival triumph left the ship dead in the water yesterday. so today the coast guard arrived to help this drifting ship tow it toward progresso, mexico, where carnival will fly the passengers back to the united states. here is how one man's wife who is on board the ship is
describing this. >> there is no power, having to use the restroom in buckets and bags. whenever she called me, there was another ship cruise, pulled up beside them and i'll give them food and up until that point, yesterday, they had not eaten anything at all. and she was able to get cell phone service off the other ship's tower. >> welcoming back my panel. some people may be eating lunch, but eating the restroom in buckets and bags. jawn, i hear you've been on a cruise, what, every year for the last nine years. tell me why people should keep cruising? >> yes, brooke. let me tell you, up until 2011, jacque reid and i were on the same cruise for about nine years. yes. so it was a huge morning radio show cruise, but the last three years going into it, there was a lot of trepidation because stories like this. and i think that's why
enrollment and participation of passengers coming on to ships began to dwindle because people are afraid to be stuck at sea. there is not a lot you can do out there. we heard the horrific stories about not being able to get food, the bathrooms aren't working, nobody wants to deal with that. >> you hear from carnival, carnival says we never lost power, they say we always had ample food, the sewage system is okay. but then you hear from people who are stuck on this boat and they say, yeah, not so much. not at all the case. carnival is giving them reimbursement of the trip and then some. andrew, good enough? what do you do if you're carnival? >> i don't know what you do if you're carnival. you try to keep the issues out of light as much as you can. >> off cnn? >> yeah, keep them off cnn. >> too late. >> we're talking about it. i looked up before i came on, incidents that i didn't even know about, and a lot of them were with carnival cruise lines, which makes sense, one of the biggest cruise lines in the world, if not the biggest.
but i was seeing outbreaks of noroviruses and, you know, lots of ships that have to return to port because of engine failures and incidents in 2012. and i've never been one who would ever want to go on a cruise, i'm scared of water, but it really makes me almost question other people's decision to go on them. >> i know. could be like raising 562 why not to cruise. >> i was going to say, if you're asking what carnival should do, all the cruise lines collectively should hire olivia pope from scandal. it is a pr nightmare, especially with the costa concordia still sitting off the coast of tuscany. a year later, and then the incident last week with the lifeboat. and the norovirus. it is incident after incident. this is going to become even worse of a pr nightmare for -- i'm gearing up to go on another cruise and i don't know what to pack. >> one word for all of you people. >> your one word and then are the make goods good enough? >> "titanic." come on.
cruise ships sink. they have rough waves. they have all these problems. i've never been on a cruise ship in my life because i'm scared, not because i don't like water and andrew, do you bathe? >> oh -- >> tmi. >> i shower. >> tmi in the middle of the day, guys. >> i thought you were afraid of water. >> i think the real issue is regulation. i think that the coast guard has not implemented proper regulations for cruise ships. there is the cruise vessel security and safety act, but these ships are traveling to different countries, and i think in addition to all of the problems that we have been talking about, sexual assaults are probably the highest reported crime on cruise ships, and i think there needs to be re-evaluation of those regulations. >> at the same time, we heard of the industry, for every time we're sitting here on cnn talking about something that went awry there are many cruises that are just a-okay and they go, you know, under the radar for that. appreciate, it all of you today. thank you very much.
and we roll on. top of the hour. i'm brooke baldwin. good to be with you. live at the cnn world headquarters. we begin with another shooting. this one inside a courthouse, in the lobby. all happening in wilmington, delaware. we're told this man just walked in, started shooting. according to several reports, it might have involved some kind of domestic dispute. we will take you there live. first, reaction pouring in to the announced resignation of the pope. we told you about it before, even higher ups within the catholic church are saying the pope's announcement this morning took them by shock. the archbishop of new york, timothy dolan, startled. we talked to these folks in washington. take a listen. >> oh, my goodness. i didn't think his health was that bad. but it probably was getting pretty bad. >> i think it is coming from his heart. maybe some illness. nobody nose. >> first i was shocked.
and absolutely pleasantly surprised. >> why pleasantly surprised? >> because i really think that we have to look at our church and see how it should go, going forward. >> quite a bit of that, quite a few catholics saying they do admire the work pope benedict has done, but maybe time to go younger. pope is 85. turns 86 in april and he cited advancing age as a cause for resignation. john allen is standing by for us in rome. he's our senior vatican analyst and right here with me in studio is wilton gregory. welcome. the catholic archbishop here in atlanta. john allen, let me begin with you here. is this a good time for the church to turn a page? we talk about the fact he's almost 86. might it be time to have a successor who is younger in years? >> reporter: well, brooke, as you heard from the clip you ran, there will be a variety of reactions to that. certainly the greatest admirer r
will wish he could have stuck around a little bit longer. others will say it is a great time to turn a page. but the bottom line is this is not a decision that has put up for a vote. this was a decision, a very personal decision, by benedict xvith. we had a briefing today with the vatican spokesperson, father federico lombardi, who indicated this was something that benedict had prayed over, thought deeply about. and in the end, b benedict had decided giving his increasing age, increasing frailty and limits in terms of what he's capable of doing in his heart, he felt the time had come for him to step aside and make room for someone else. and in the end, brooke,s that with the only decision that matters. >> to archbishop gregory, as he's announcing this resignat n resignation, do you think it is me we have a pope perhaps, younger perhaps, in his 50s?
>> well, obviously the very fact that he acknowledged that the stress of the job -- >> a taxing job. >> well, it is an all consuming job. and he just acknowledged that it was beyond his own stamina and strength at this time. now, who should succeed him? obviously that's a question of the college of cardinals will have to consider, and consider very seriously. the age, the experience, all of those issues will no doubt be taken into serious consideration. >> is it time to take even into further serious consideration his age specifically? should that matter? >> well, the fact that the code of canon law already has a provision for any pope to consider bringing his service to conclusion. so it is there and he employed
it, which says an awful lot about him, but also speaks well of the provisions that the law already has in place. >> let me share this with you and our viewers here. i think a lot of people find this interesting. i know i did. we were looking to see which country is the leading catholic country around the world. it is brazil. you see brazil at 134 million catholics. after that, you have mexico. you have the philippines. united states, italy here, and if you break it down this way, about half the world's catholics, this is a great pie chart, half the world's catholics live in north or south america. the americas here, the blue part of the pie, about a quarter live in europe. 16% live in africa. 12% in asia pacific region. is it time to have a noneuropean pope? >> well, i think the question is -- and i presume this will be the question that the college of cardinals will begin to consider, is what does the
office need? i don't believe that the first question should be culture, language, et cetera, but what does the office need and who is the candidate best qualified to step into that position, based on the analysis of the needs of the time? >> so it shouldn't matter necessarily that almost half of the world's catholics live in north and south america? shouldn't matter? >> the vote is not over who has the greatest clout. the vote is over who is in the best position to govern the church universally? and that person may come from a developing country, may come from a country that we aren't even -- have in focus yet. i think we look at it obviously and have to from the american political perspective. but i think the college of cardinals has to look at it from
the perspective of the world church, its needs, where and how the individual comes to that position is based on his capacity to govern the entire church. >> okay. archbishop gregory, thank you so much. we'll have you back as soon as we figure out who that person will be. thank you so much. i appreciate it. and you can say this pope was pretty unique. not only did he lead the world's catholics, he joined twitter. oh, and don't forget about fashion here. check out these trademark red loafers. see them? stay with us. in half an hour, we'll look at some of the more memorable moments from pope benedict. some of the biggest stories now in a flash, rapid fire. roll it. >> it's happening right outside my hotel. look at that! look at that damage, dude. >> folks down south counting the
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and partners access to on base facilities. the federal defense of marriage act doma blocks other benefits to same sex partners. a coast guard cutter is towing a carnival cruise ship. the carnival triumph lost power after fire in the engine room last night, leaving the ship stranded in the gulf of mexico. cruise officials say at no point did the passengers not have electricity, but passengers, relatives say their loved ones are miserable. stay with me. you'll hear why. i'll talk with the husband of a woman stranded on the ship. ♪ and i will always love you ♪ one year ago today, whitney houston was found dead inside her hotel room. music industry remembering the pop star, including at the grammys. and executive clive davis' party
where houston's brother and sister-in-law showed up to honor her. check your credit report. may have a mistake on it. a new ftc study says as many as 42 million of them do. 42 million. almost half are serious enough to lower your credit score and that, as you know, can mean the difference between getting a loan, getting a job, even getting a security clearance. credit report industry says 98% of credit reports are accurate. he says he wants revenge on the lapd. and now as this ex-cop remains on the run, police announce they're looking into the firing of chris dorner. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. my only regret is the guys i couldn't save. that's what keeps me up at night. >> thousands inside cowboys stadium to honor a fallen american sniper. plus, a little bit of some of the most infamous moments of pope benedict's reign.
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the court here in new castle county, specifically, will be closed tomorrow, and they should go to the website to look for information about information about what to do and what updates they can seek, including specifically any counselors that they might want to speak to based on what they were witness to or saw this morning. this only relates to the new castle county courthouse. this does not affect any other court in the state of delaware. the third point i would like to make is self-evident, the bravery of the men and women in uniform who made sure this morning wasn't as bad as it -- wasn't worse than it already was. >> joe johns is in washington. he has been digging on this fatal shooting at that courthouse in wilmington. joe, let me bring you in. just take me back. what happened this morning? >> right, what he was just talking about, sort of the theme of today, the bravery of those officers. these were some very scary
moments at the courthouse in wilmington, delaware. authorities say a man in his 50s or 60s walked into the new castle county courthouse around 8:00 this morning, started shooting and before that shooter was stopped, two women were dead, two police officers wounded, according to local reports. one woman is said to be the estranged wife of the shooter. so these police officers who were already in the area engaged the suspect, a gunfight breaks out and officials gave us an update. can we go to that sound now, listen to what happened with these officers who were injured. >> in the exchange of gunfire, two capital police officers were shot, but i can tell you that they are nonlife threatening injuries. i can tell you that on behalf of the chief of the capital police they're doing well. they were shot in their vests, their protective vests took the bullets. >> the vest took the bullet. delaware state police say that despite those two fatalities, the security perimeter around
the courthouse actually held up and did what it was supposed to do, protect the public. brooke? big announcement in the manhunt for christopher dorner, the former l.a. police officer, now suspected of killing three people. in his manifesto, dorner says his unfair firing led to the shooting spree. now l.a.'s police chief says he's going to personally review the case. we're live in l.a. next. turn y off so no one would interrupt us? oh no, i... just used my geico app to get a tow truck. it's gonna be 30 minutes. oh, so that means that we won't be stuck up here, for hours, with nothing to do. oh i get it, you wanna pass the time, huh. (holds up phone) fruit ninja!!! emergency roadside assistance. just a click away with the geico mobile app. there's nothing like our grilled lobster and lobster tacos. the bar harbor bake is really worth trying.
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as the hunt for an alleged l.a. cop killer widens here, the reward money for his capture has grown to seven digits, the largest l.a. authorities say they have ever offered before. i'm talking $1 million on the table for information leading to the arrest of this man, christopher dorner. you know the story now. he's the former l.a. cop now accused of killing a fellow officer and two others and targeting 50 more l.a. officers and their families, since he went on the run, one week ago today, dorner hack tracked to multiple locations, one may include this alley behind an
auto parts store. see this person going back and forth between the trunk of this dumpster, cnn has exclusively obtained this video, shows a man fitting dorner's description, dumping something there. listen to what a store employee then found inside. >> one of the employees, he came back with a clip, like a magazine full of bullets, a belt, a military belt and helmet. >> cnn legal analyst sunny hostin is with me to talk about this case here. first, miguel marquez, to you, o outside lapd headquarters. police spoke with reporters today. are they any closer to finding this guy? >> well, that is the hope. but, look, they have 600 clues they say they're pouring through, more than 100 investigators on this thing hoping to get some sort of heat going on this investigation. i don't get the sense they have any real dramatic or hot developments that they're work on now, but they have a lot of folks working on it. people across the south land here are certainly nervous as
well. no better case than the lowe's home store yesterday, a call went out, 911 call went out, said they had a dorner sighting in that lowe's in north ridge, police showed up in force, people came out with their shopping carts, their families, rolling out of that lowe's into the parking lot, one by one. just amazing how nervous and concerned people are about mr. dorner right now and the police here in town also announcing that they are going to re-examine everything leading up to mr. dorner's firing. >> i'm not doing this to appease him. i'm doing this so that the community has faith in what the police department does. and i'm going to -- i'm going to make a rigorous inspection to either validate or refute his claims and we'll make that inspection public. >> now, chief beck has taken some heat here in town for reopen that investigation before
catching the guy. i think they're trying everything they can to try to get him out. and find him. >> miguel marquez, thank you. sunny hostin, right to the point miguel was making. this is what i want answered. now we know chief beck is reopening this investigation into his firing. what if police, what if they found he was unjustly treated, unjustly fired or might this be a police tactic to get him to turn himself in? >> bottom line, even if it is found that these rantings in his manifesto do have some basis, that he was fired because of racism, because the lapd was corrupt at the time, that doesn't negate the fact he has allegedly murdered three people. i think there are different issues. i've got to tell you, brooke, it is very clear the lapd is facing this sort of pr nightmare because in order for law enforcement to find him, in order for law enforcement to get these tips from the community, there has to be trust. and they have to shore up that trust by being transparent. if you look at the reports about
this case, christopher dorner is receiving widespread in many respects support for his allegations that this stems from corruption and, you know, abuse and racism at the lapd. and let's face it, there is a history there with the lapd of this abuse, of this corruption. we're in rodney king land when we talk about the lapd. so i think this is a very smart move by this police chief to be as transparent as possible in opening up this investigation. >> talks a lot about rodney king and that whole thing, in that manifesto, if you read it. let me ask you though, this, it makes you think when we saw the video of the people piling out of the lowe's, that the fear is palpable around southern california. we have learned in the case of that mistaken identity when the officers shot at those two women recently that they will compensate this mother and daughter who officers hit, thinking the truck belonged to dorner when it didn't at all. the women are getting this new
truck. do you think a lawsuit against the force is maybe likely here? >> i think certainly it is likely because if you look at the facts, as i know them, or as they're being reported, brooke, the make and model of the car were completely different. this harkens back to this reputation that the lapd has to struggle with, this shoot first and, you know, investigate later. these were two women, in a truck, that was not the same make and model of the other truck. bullet riddled truck and they also suffered injuries. and so certainly i think that olive branch of providing them with a new truck goes aways to sort of again shoring up that comfort level with the community, but will they be sued for that? it's likely that a lawyer is looking at it. >> sunny hostin, thank you. pope benedict had a couple of close calls during his time as the lead figure of the catholic church. remember this? the pope dodging people trying to get a bit close here on a couple of occasions.
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let's return to the pope and the surprise announcement that benedict xvi will resign the papacy on the last day of this month. his is the first papal resignation in nearly 600 years. the pope cited his advancing age, he's 85 going on 86 here in a couple of months. still the news comes as a shock, even to high ranking catholics. >> not that long ago i was in rome and the holy father made no indication at all, not that he would have, this intention. >> i was very startled. i don't know what to say. i myself am waiting for information, for instruction.
>> you heard the word he used, startling, startling news for the 1 billion catholics around the world. look at this with me. did you know this brazil is the most populous catholic country in the world at 134 million catholics? under that you see mexico, the philippines, united states, and then italy here. and if you look at this, joining me now from washington is conservative catholic author raymond arroyo, news director of eternal world television network and from new york, father tomas belareyes. welcome. with all the growth of the catholic church, specifically in the latin world, should the next pope be latino? >> it is probably we because we have a few candidates, especially in brazil. we have a few cardinals in rio and also cardinals working right now in rome. that's one possibility.
one of them, a few of them are latinos from latin america, spain, who knows. >> who knows is right. raymond arroyo, to you. we heard a lot of catholics saying today they respect, admire the work of benedict xvi saying he is a good pope. but they are saying maybe it is time to move forward. listen to this. >> my grandparents and stuff, i think of the whole church, like, a little bit differently than my generation does. and i feel like we could use somebody, maybe a little more younger that has a -- the generation of a new perspective. >> first of all, i was shocked. and absolutely pleasantly surprised. >> why pleasantly surprised? >> i think we have to look at our church and see how it should go, going forward. >> raymond arroyo, you heard the young woman saying maybe a different generation, maybe younger. what do you think about that? >> i think pope benedict is
clearly appraising and he said, look, i search my conscience before got many times and i felt i could no longer continue this office. he felt he didn't have the physical strength, maybe the mental strength, who knows. it seems to me there is some malady here, brooke, whether lethal diagnosis, who knows. something is clearly impelling him to do this now. and he clearly believes a more vibrant pope, a vigorous pope, is needed. let me caution everybody. that doesn't mean, i think you're fooling yourself if you think a new pope is going to overturn established doctrine. if that's where people are going -- >> no matter the age. >> no matter the age. established doctrine. the pope is tethered to protect that doctrine of faith. this isn't a presidential election. you don't get a new pope and suddenly all the rules change. it is just not the way it works. no doubt there will be a younger pope and one i imagine who can communicate on the world stage in a way that pope benedict feels at this point he can't any
longer. >> father tomas, i heard something interesting, this catholic priest invoking the memory of benedict's predecessor, john paul ii. have a listen to this. >> people said, if anyone should have resigned, it was he. parkinson parkinson's, couldn't get around. i think it is the image, the visual image of a man incapacitated. people say, well, how much is he really doing that? how much does he have his hands on the pulse of what is happening? >> chris cuomo this morning. father, do you think just straight up do you think his successor might find wisdom in the notion of hanging it up early, maybe set a precedent here? >> i agree with the quotations of the priest. we need a person, a leader, a real leader with good health, a wise man, continuing to train and i agree with benedict sistine and he has few guideline
-- very clear, if i don't have the health, spirituality, mentality, and everything, i will resign. and it is simple for us. the doctrine is continuing to be the same. i think it is an example for everybody, the leader, the church, continuing. it is much better. resign now. >> italian popes, think of polish, currently german. looking at the statistics and the numbers from brazil, imagine having a pope who speaks portuguese. all i can think about today. thank you, both. appreciate it. pope benedict xvi is a man of firsts. not only is he the first pope in almost 600 years to leave, pick up and leave to resign here, two months ago he joined the twitter-verse, ushering in a catholic church for the digital age, with this tweet.
dear friends, i am pleased to get in touch with you through twitter. thank you for your generous response. i bless all of you from my heart. what else makes him special? take a look. here we go. the shoes. the red shoes, rocking his trademark red loafers. and pope benedict didn't even break a sweat as his security teams took down the so-called pope jumpers. look at this. remember this. the guy hopping the barricade as the popemobile rolled through the streets of vatican city. and this woman in red, here, here she is lunging at the pope at christmas midnight mass. 2009. his brief but eventual tenure also saw him head to the big apple. here he was, remember this popemobile, april of 2008, parading down of all places fifth avenue. and this one, he and u.s. president george bush exchanging pleasantries during the visit. president bush telling him, and i quote, your eminence, you're looking good. live to ali velshi for a
different angle of the pope story, the pope's pocketbook. hey, ali. >> well, while the pope is the spiritual head of 1.2 billion catholics around the world, he oversees the vast finances of the holy see and vatican city, a sovereign state. pope benedict issued moves to make the vatican more relevant. with his reign coming to this abrupt end, it will be incomplete when it comes to questions about financial transparency. critics including jeffrey robinson who wrote the book the laundry men say that the whole thing has been window dressing. >> we know that the vatican bank has assets of $7.5 billion. that's not the point. it is not how much money it holds. it is what does it do with the money? it is not accountable to anybody. the idea of having the most secretive bank in the world means you can do the most secretive things in the world. >> so the biggest part of the
catholic church financially is what you can see. the church and the land on which they set. the catholic church is estimated to be the world's third biggest landowner, 177 million acres under its stewardship. those churches collect money from the flock. hundreds of millions of dollars every year in the u.s. alone, the exact amount is not released by the church. what we do know about the church are the public finances in rome. they don't tell a fraction of the story. let's talk about vatican city itself, which takes in money from tourists and visitors. the vatican holds some of europe's most important art work. in 2011, it took in $308 million in revenue. those are the latest numbers we have. it spent more than that. it spent $326 million. the holy see gets a big chunk of its revenues from the museums that take in about 5 million visitors a year. now, the pope's office also takes in contributions to fund charitable projects that the pope designates. in 2011, the pope received $66 million in those types of contributions. but the big money is how much
the faithful contribute. and to figure that out is anybody's guess. >> i think it is fair to assume that the catholic church as a business is probably the richest business in the world because of land holdings, because of the art. what price do you put on the sistine chapel? >> good question, brooke. what price do you put on the sistine chapel and how much money comes into the church? it is very typical, brooke, to not know that about religious organizations. for all those conspiracy theorists out there who think it is a peculiarity of the catholic church, it is not. >> ali velshi, last time we spoke in the wee hours saturday morning. you did a fantastic job, so glad you survived the punishing winds and rains and snow. >> glad to be back in the warmth. >> ali shel velshi, thank you sh today. this sniper killed at a gunk
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